THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: TELEPORTATION OF MEMORYJanuary 22, 2016
Yesterday I blogged about the emerging technology of being able to read the specific brainwaves of individual words before they are spoken by their "thinker," and about all the implications that seem to flow from such a capability. Today, in yet another article shared once again by Ms. M.W., we expand on this idea in yet another direction, namely, the notion of non-locality and entanglement:
There's so much fertile ground here for our usual "let the mind roam freely" and our usual "high octane speculation," that one scarcely knows where to begin. But consider these statements:
With a strong magnetic field gradient, the internal states of a microorganism, such as the electron spin of a glycine radical, can be entangled with its center-of-mass motion and be teleported to a remote microorganism. Since internal states of an organism contain information, this proposal provides a scheme for teleporting information or memories between two remote organisms.
The proposed setup is also a quantum-limited magnetic resonance force microscope. It not only can detect the existence of single electron spins (associated to protein defects or DNA defects) like conventional MRFM, but also can coherently manipulate and detect the quantum states of electron spins. It enables some isolated electron spins that could not be read out with optical or electrical methods to be used as quantum memory for quantum information.
Li says “We propose a straightforward method to put a microorganism in two places at the same time, and provide a scheme to teleport the quantum state of a microorganism.
Ponder that last statement for a moment, and let your mind "scale up" the proposal from microorganisms to an individual human being, and let's add one assumption to this mix, and that is, that the sum total of that individual's memory fo not constitute or "sum to" that individual person, but rather, that this summation acts as a transducer of the personhood - the Jane Smithness or John Doeness - of that individual. Once such a "teleportation" of that individual's "sum total" of the memories and emotions and thoughts and decisions were transported to a different place, i.e., to a completely different context, from that point on, the two organisms or individuals would not only be entangled by the same person, but additionally, they would conceivably go on to react to the distinct contexts in different ways.